Five Florida residents indicted on fraud charges involving gas station skimmers
WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Four people from Florida are scheduled to appear next week in court after being indicted by a federal grand jury in Wheeling on December 5, 2017, on fraud charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.
Each is charged with one count of “Conspiracy to Commit Access Device Fraud,” and several other fraud-related charges. They are accused of a conspiracy spanning four states that involved using skimming devices at gas pumps, using technology to upload the account information, and creating fraudulent cards with said accounts to make unauthorized transactions at different businesses in West Virginia and elsewhere. Those appearing in court and named in the indictment are:
• Meylan Montalvo Gomez, of Hialeah, Florida, age 27
• Yarai Fuentes Quinones, of Hialeah, Florida, age 26
• Naudi Reyes Fernandez, of Miami, Florida, age 36
• Yosan Pons Sosa, of Miami, Florida, age 28
Lazaro Serrano Diaz , of Miami, Florida, age 27, is also named in the indictment, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
The crimes are alleged to have occurred from August 28, 2017 to December 5, 2017 in Monongalia County, West Virginia and elsewhere. The United States is also seeking forfeiture of the following:
- approximately $41,140.00 in United States Currency
- approximately $28,498.00 worth of Western Union money orders
- approximately $10,300.00 worth of MoneyGram money orders
- approximately $29,350.00 in funds previously contained on approximately sixty (60) gift cards seized in Huntington, West Virginia on or about October 23, 2017
- approximately $1,510.73 remaining in TD Bank Account
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jarod J. Douglas is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Secret Service, West Virginia State Police and the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office are investigating.
An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.